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Comey said he would only testify in public.

Read: James Comey wants a public hearing “given that he no longer has a security clearance”

By Max de Haldevang

Former FBI director James Comey rejected a House Judiciary and Oversight Committees’ invitation to a closed hearing today about the 2016 presidential election, instead suggesting a public meeting.

In a pointed reference to the Trump administration’s controversial withdrawal of his and other Obama appointees’ security clearances, Comey’s lawyer, David Kelley, wrote to the committee: “Given that Mr Comey no longer has a security clearance, we do not anticipate the public setting to present any concerns about the disclosure of classified information.”

Read the letter in full:

David Kelley
Comey’s letter to the House Judiciary and Oversight committees.